Nailed for passing school bus
Police in unmarked car see incident
A P.E.I. motorist has been nailed in court with a $2,000 fine for passing a school bus that was stopped to load children.
Justin Bradley Murphy, 24, of Summerside was found guilty at trial in Charlottetown provincial court on Monday.
The court was told that on Sept. 18, Murphy passed a school bus stopped on Lower Malpeque Road in West Royalty with red flashing lights and its stop sign clearly displayed, said a report issued Tuesday by the RCMP.
An unmarked Queens District RCMP police vehicle happened to be following Murphy at the time, said the report.
“(The RCMP is) reminding Island motorists of the seriousness of passing a school bus and severe fines that can result, together (with the loss of eight) demerit points,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Crowther, RCMP Queens District commander. “The passing of a school bus is inexcusable. This is about the safety of our children. Drivers need to understand the gravity of what is happening here. Drivers failing to stop in these situations put our children’s lives in danger.”